Composition, Arranging, Ensembles

Norman David is a prolific composer/arranger, as well as a seasoned saxophonist and clarinetist. He directs, plays with, and composes all the music for The Eleventet, his exciting professional ensemble comprised of first-rank jazz artists in the Philly/New York region. He has also directed and performed with a wide array of noted players and jazz bands at clubs, theaters, and festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His arrangements and compositions have been played by George Garzone, Dick Oatts, Tim Hagans, John Swana, John Fedchock, Seamus Blake, Jon Gordon, Terell Stafford, Joe Magnarelli, Greg Hopkins, Scott Robinson, Gary Smulyan, Tony Marino, John Hébert, Tim Horner, and other top players and groups. Among his honors and citations, David has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Composers Forum.

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Ella Fitzgerald and the Evolution of Jazz Singing 

Norman David has researched, written about, and taught jazz history and analysis in major jazz studies programs and smaller liberal arts settings, including the programs at Berklee College of Music, The University of the Arts, Temple University, Colby College, Peirce College, Franklin & Marshall College, and Ursinus College. Dr. David’s latest book, The Ella Fitzgerald Companion (Praeger Publishers), a fresh examination of the development and artistry of this great and legendary singer, includes detailed overviews of her principal influences, as well as discussions of seminal arrangers, bandleaders, accompanists, and management with whom she worked during her illustrious career. The book has received consistently excellent reviews, is garnering extensive readership, and has been added to the shelves of hundred of college and public libraries in the U.S. and abroad. Throughout the text, Dr. David intersperses more than eighty of his transcriptions of recorded performances by Fitzgerald, as well as by a number of her foremost influences, among them Connee Boswell and Louis Armstrong. Possessed of a wide range and depth of historical knowledge, Dr. David enhances his talks and lectures about Fitzgerald with supporting information that includes accomplishments and influences of related performers, as well as the impact of concurrent artistic, social and political issues.

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